Headboard Wizardry On A Budget

I have always wanted one of those 'statement headboards' in plush buttoned fabric but I always secretly knew that it wouldn't be worth the investment once I changed my mind about the colour or the fabric (which I know I am likely to do). So I came up with a new solution that still protects the walls, is repositionable (for all the changey-mindy-ness) and washable! Here's how to make your own amazing wallpaper headboard on a budget.

Step One: measure the size of the headboard that you would like to fill with wallpaper. For reference, we have a Super King bed so it worked out to be three wallpaper drops at 60cm wide each which covered the area behind the bed perfectly.

Step Two: Decide on your desired height. In our case with our first headboard we went with 90cm high (3 feet) but when we moved houses our new bedroom needed a taller one so we had a 120cm one printed (4 feet).

Step Three: Decide if you want smooth (repositionable) or slightly textured (peel and stick and a bit thicker). The main difference is the smoothness. The smooth stuff comes with an active adhesive on the back that you just spray with water to activate (it comes with easy instructions) and the peel and stick comes with a heavy adhesive sticky backing (kind of like duraseal) that you need to peel off (also comes with instructions). We have moved our headboard three times and it is still really sticky!

Step Four: Talk to me about a design you have in mind OR shop the wallpaper direct from my Spoonflower store. You can order the lengths in exactly the length you need (but the width is 60cm). The pattern repeat always starts at the top so you can print the exact heights you need without worrying about waste because the three pieces will match perfectly.

Step Five: Wait for it to arrive in the post and hang it in a jiffy! (Ours took half an hour!)

This was our first wallpaper headboard with my NZ ferns design. This suited our bedroom at the time because it was a really light space and we could get away with quite heavy furniture, black bedding and a dark headboard feature. 

This was our first wallpaper headboard with my NZ ferns design. This suited our bedroom at the time because it was a really light space and we could get away with quite heavy furniture, black bedding and a dark headboard feature. 

It's so easy to hang a headboard - even the kids can help! Our daughter loved helping to spray the water onto the glue to activate it and she was really good at helping to smooth out the bubbles with a wet cloth once it was on the wall. (She is four so it really is easy!)

My daughter loved helping me hang this new bright retro luxe lilies design. You can see the white edge at the bottom here which is because we printed exactly the right length. These bits can be cut off easily once it's hung with a blade and metal ruler. To ensure level hanging I just drew pencil lines along the top edge so that I could hang each piece without needing a string line to check if it was all level.

My daughter loved helping me hang this new bright retro luxe lilies design. You can see the white edge at the bottom here which is because we printed exactly the right length. These bits can be cut off easily once it's hung with a blade and metal ruler. To ensure level hanging I just drew pencil lines along the top edge so that I could hang each piece without needing a string line to check if it was all level.

Ta da! The bright wallpaper headboard has really brightened up our bedroom which, due to its South facing attributes, can be a bit darker than we'd like. 

Ta da! The bright wallpaper headboard has really brightened up our bedroom which, due to its South facing attributes, can be a bit darker than we'd like. 

The final headboard cost us USD $7.50 per foot. That's for 3 drops at 4 feet each so the total cost was pretty affordable and much less expensive (and far less work to DIY) than a heavy headboard.

What do you think? Will you give this a go?

Leave a comment and let me know!